DATA SECURITY,PLATFORM SECURITY
Laminar | August 24, 2022
Laminar, a public cloud data security provider, today announced that it has been named by Gartner as a Sample Vendor for Data Security Posture Management (DSPM) in the Hype Cycle for Data Security, 2022. In addition to referencing Laminar, the Hype Cycle also gives DSPM a benefit rating of “transformational,” the highest benefit rating possible.
Laminar is a cloud data security platform that delivers autonomous, agentless, and continuous data security for everything that you build and run in the cloud. Laminar provides autonomous discovery and classification for all data across AWS, Azure, GCP, and Snowflake into a cloud data catalog, prioritization of data assets by our proprietary risk model, an agentless and asynchronous approach to DSPM to reduce the exposure surface without impacting performance, and continuous monitoring to detect data leaks in real time.
“We have consistently heard from our customers that the visibility provided by the Laminar platform is transformational and we are thrilled to see Gartner classify DSPM as such in this Hype Cycle report. “We are thrilled that Gartner and the market are recognizing the need for DSPM. We believe that this recognition validates our view that organizations must move to a data-centric security approach that enables data democratization, safely.”
Amit Shaked, co-founder and CEO, Laminar
According to Gartner, “Organizations face challenges mitigating data security and privacy risks as data rapidly proliferates across multi-cloud and hybrid IT architectures. Identifying meaningful data risk is impossible to solve without combining metrics from data sensitivity, data lineage, infrastructure configurations that create data risks and access risk into a common view. This is an urgent problem that is encouraging rapid growth in the availability and maturation of this technology.”
As Gartner explained, “DSPM provides visibility of inconsistent security posture by analyzing a data map of user access to various datasets for identifying business risks. DSPM accelerates assessments of how data security posture can be enforced through complementary data security controls to reduce business risks despite the speed, complexity, dynamics and scale of hybrid IT and multi-cloud deployments.”
The drivers of DSPM adoption according to Gartner include:
Need to create a data map of user access against specific datasets has been a complex process in the past because traditional data security and IAM products are siloed in the way they operate.
Need to map and track the evolution and data lineage across structured and unstructured formats, and across all potential data locations and shadow data, is critical to achieve consistent analysis. This is an emerging driver that is currently in evolution.
The growth of regulations that require a data risk assessment has created the need for tools that can assess DSG policies.
Need to protect data against exposure (e.g., cloud misconfigurations, excessive access privileges or data residency risks that arise due to geographic locations and access pathways to data).
Combination of data observability features, such as real-time visibility into data flows, risk and compliance with data security controls, with the objective to identify security gaps and undue exposure.
This recognition comes on the heels of growing business momentum at Laminar. The company recently doubled its total amount of funding raised in six months to a total of $67 million. Additionally, Laminar was recognized by Fortress Cyber Security Awards and the Global InfoSec awards, and was named a TAG Cyber Distinguished Vendor.
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Laminar’s Cloud Data Security Platform protects data for everything you build and run in the cloud across cloud providers (AWS, Azure, and GCP) and cloud data warehouses such as Snowflake. The platform autonomously and continuously discovers and classifies new datastores for complete visibility, prioritizes risk based on sensitivity and data risk posture, secures data by remediating weak controls and actively monitors for egress and access anomalies. Designed for the multi cloud, the architecture takes an API-only approach, without any agents, and without sensitive data ever leaving your environment. Founded in 2020 by a brilliant team of award winning Israeli red team experts, Laminar is proudly backed by Insight Partners, Tiger Global, Salesforce Ventures, TLV Partners, and SentinelOne.
SafeGuard Cyber | August 01, 2022
SafeGuard Cyber, the leading provider of security and compliance solutions for email and communication-based threats, today announces automated response and multi-channel user onboarding with Microsoft Azure AD and Okta integrations for its security and risk management platform. These integrations enable automated and workflow-based responses to advanced social engineering threats such as impersonation and account takeover, as well as other threats, business risks, and compliance violations.
The integrations extend the SafeGuard Cyber platform's multi-channel detection capabilities, with the ability for security and compliance operation teams to manage and automate responses to threats and risks across all communication channels.
"In the current economic climate, organizational leadership needs to ensure optimum resource utilization in security operations and reduce unnecessary costs," said Chris Lehman, CEO of SafeGuard Cyber. "Many of our enterprise customers have made significant investments in Azure AD or Okta to manage identities across their organizations, and our new capabilities allow them to streamline operations and maximize ROI for their security and overall operations."
Integrated response through SafeGuard Cyber enables security architects and operations teams to deliver the ideal response to threats and business risks, either in an automated or direct action through the SafeGuard Cyber platform as part of incident management or an investigation.
"As the threats of fraud, impersonation, and social engineering increasingly result in material breaches and financial losses through ransomware and business compromise, the need to have a context-aware, zero-trust foundation with detection and response capabilities is more urgent than ever. "Our integrations with Okta and Azure AD enable organizations moving towards a cloud or hybrid workplace to simplify identity-based responses to communication-based threats, while enriching authentication to include context and intent of interactions."
Rusty Carter, chief product officer at SafeGuard Cyber
Context-aware and advanced integrated response with Okta and Azure AD is available for all SafeGuard Cyber customers and delivers:
Automated user onboarding for monitoring communications by group
Automatic, risk-based responses that include user-session invalidation
Support for all SafeGuard Cyber protected channels
SafeGuard Cyber detects attacks and identifies risk by understanding how humans interact and communicate. The company's Natural Language Understanding-based SaaS platform offers the industry's most advanced visibility and detection of phishing, BEC and malware attacks that span the full range of modern business communications channels, including social media, collaboration, mobile messaging, conferencing, CRM and the Microsoft 365 ecosystem.
About SafeGuard Cyber
SafeGuard Cyber provides the only comprehensive technology solution for addressing cybersecurity threats and compliance risks across the modern cloud workplace. The company's patented and award-winning Natural Language Understanding technology analyzes and correlates conversations across 30 communication channels and 52 languages, including collaboration, social, chat, messaging, and conference platforms, in order to detect and prevent communication-based threats like social engineering. By stopping attacks at the social engineering stage, SafeGuard Cyber allows companies to prevent data breaches, ransomware, invoice fraud, and many other threats. The company's cloud-based Machine Learning also provides compliance solutions for governance and policy enforcement that empower customers to communicate through modern apps and social networking.
Meriplex | July 18, 2022
Meriplex, a nationwide leader in managed cybersecurity and IT solutions, is pleased to announce the asset acquisition of Louisiana-based managed service provider, Verma Systems.
For over 31 years, Verma Systems has been a leading and trusted IT and consulting partner for businesses in Baton Rouge and across Louisiana. They provide personalized solutions to their clients allowing them to leverage IT and technology to enhance business efficiency.
"Verma Systems is an excellent addition to the Meriplex organization. "With their talented team and longstanding reputation in the Louisiana market, we will be able to provide more innovative technology and service offerings to their clients and work towards our goal of being the number one MSP/MSSP in the nation."
David Henley, CEO of Meriplex
"For me, it has always been about the customer and our employees," said Mitch Verma, President of Verma Systems. "Joining forces with Meriplex means we have more resources at our fingertips including additional IT experts, new product lines, and the capability to offer more well-rounded technical solutions. I know the people behind Meriplex, and we share the same core values and work ethic. With their expertise, size and seasoned approach, I am confident we can provide more for our clients and our employees."
As a fast-growing managed services provider, Meriplex focuses on strategically acquiring businesses in leading markets in order to establish a regional presence and acquire talent to support their increasing large organic and inorganic growth. If you are interested in learning more about our M&A process, please reach out to us here.
Meriplex is a managed cybersecurity, IT, and SD-WAN solutions provider that enables transformation by combining secure, innovative technology with advanced expertise. As a trusted partner, we deliver business-driven solutions that provide the scalability and support needed to power growth for organizations.
About Verma Systems
Established in 1991, Verma Systems is a Baton Rouge IT services company specializing in business technology tailored towards the SMB market. With our highly talented and experienced team, we know how to meet business needs by incorporating the right technology solutions to help your company be successful. Our mission is focused on hard work, smart work, and superior customer service.